Sports briefs: Dec. 10

December 10, 2012 

Pacquiao Marquez Boxing

Referee Kenny Bayless sent Juan Manuel Marquez away after Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao.

ERIC JAMISON — AP

Boxing

After typhoon, Phillipines rocked again by Pacquiao loss

Filipino fans were stunned by Manny Pacquiao's knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez, dampening the spirit of a nation battered by a powerful typhoon that killed more than 600 people in the southern region where the boxing champion lives.

In New Bataan township, which was ravaged by Typhoon Bopha last week, refugees, rescuers and aid workers took a break from a grueling search for bodies and survivors to watch the fight on a big TV screen — only to be disappointed when their hero fell.

The fight took place Saturday night in Las Vegas, or Sunday in the Philippines. Town spokesman Marlon Esperanza said hundreds of villagers, most of whom lost their homes to mud- and rock-laden flash floods, packed the local gymnasium used as a temporary shelter. Many had hoped Pacquiao would triumph and share his earnings with the typhoon victims.

In Manila, President Benigno Aquino III's spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Pacquiao's defeat "cannot set aside the many honors Manny has given to the Filipino people. Nothing has changed, the Filipino people continue to admire and support Manny," he said.

Marquez hit Pacquiao with a huge right hand at the end of the sixth round that put the Filipino face down on the canvas with his remarkable career in question. Referee Kenny Bayless never bothered to count as Marquez leaped into his handlers' arms in celebration and Pacquiao's wife broke into tears at ringside.

"I threw a perfect punch," Marquez said. "I knew Manny could knock me out at any time."


Golf

Kenny Perry wins Shootout

Kenny Perry from Franklin, Ky., and Sean O'Hair birdied five of the last six holes to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Sunday in Naples, Fla. Rory Sabbatini and Charles Howell III made a charge on the back nine that included an eagle on a par-4 but finished one stroke back at 30-under 186. They had a 15-under 57 in the scramble format in the final round.

The 52-year-old Perry became the oldest player to win the Shootout, and also won for the third time with his third different partner.

• Scotland's Scott Jamieson won his first European Tour title in Durban, South Africa, beating England's Steve Webster and Spain's Eduardo de la Riva in a playoff after the season-opening Nelson Mandela Championship was reduced to a 36-hole because of rain.

Peter Senior won the Australian Open in Sydney by one stroke, overcoming a three-hour suspension because of gale-force winds. The 53-year-old regular on the U.S. Champions Tour shot an even-par 72 in the final round at The Lakes to become the oldest Australian Open champion.


Baseball

Phillies get Michael Young from Texas

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers.

The deal was announced Sunday, a day after Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause. The Phillies are sending right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers to get Young, who fills a void at third base. The Rangers also will reportedly pay about $10 million of Young's $16 million salary for 2013.

Young hit .277 with eight homers and 67 RBIs in 2012, a down year for him. In the nine previous seasons, Young hit at least .300 seven times and averaged 17 homers and 90 RBIs. He hasn't play third base regularly since 2010. Seven Phillies started at third base last year, including often-injured former All-Star Placido Polanco.


Basketball

Morehead guard scores 39 in loss

• Junior guard Terrice Robinson of the Morehead State women's team scored a career-high 39 points, just two shy of the school single-game record, but her squad dropped a 79-72 overtime decision at Ohio University. Robinson had 11 in the first half but erupted for 28 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:31 left in overtime.

• Former UK star Eric Bledsoe scored 14 points and had six assists on his 23rd birthday as he and other reserves rallied the host Los Angeles Clippers past the Toronto Raptor 102-83 in an NBA game.


Soccer

Messi breaks record for goal in a year

Lionel Messi broke German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring for the 86th time in 2012 on Sunday. The Argentine forward scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 win at Real Betis in the Spanish league match.

Messi has scored 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 times for Argentina this year, and he has three more games in which he can add to his total before the end of the year. Mueller scored 85 for Bayern Munich and West Germany.


Hockey

36 NHL players skate for charity

Kevin Westgarth of the Los Angeles Kings scored four goals to help his team to a 17-11 victory in a charity hockey game in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, featuring 36 NHL players Saturday night, two days after labor talks fell apart.

The event called "Rock The Lockout" drew about 4,500 fans and raised money for SPARKLES From Above, a nonprofit organization that helps children diagnosed with cancer.

Detroit Red Wings forward Dan Cleary, one of the players who helped to set up the event, was happy with the game and turnout.

Cleary says he wanted to have stars such as Sidney Crosby play, but it would've cost too much money — $100,000 — to insure his 12-year, $104-plus million contract.


The last word

Edwin Lacierda, spokesman for Benigno Aquino III, president of the Phillipines, after Manny Pacquiao's loss closely followed the deadly typhoon Bopha that hit the country.

"It's a double tragedy. People were looking at Pacquiao winning to give them some joy, some hope, some satisfaction. It didn't happen. On top of that, their anguish is further heightened as a result of his loss. ... This is like (Bopha) took a U-turn and came back to hit us with a Pacquiao knockout."

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